Online Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning

Enhance or change your career with this 100% online certificate accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Local & State Government. Nonprofit Organizations. Grad School. And More.

Learn how to apply knowledge across economics, demography, law, and administration, and relevant technology in the planning and developing of communities with this five-course certificate. When you graduate, you’ll be able to work in any government, nonprofit or professional organization that requires the services of a planner, and be prepared to seek additional certifications, such as those from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). You’ll also be able to seamlessly apply your credits toward a Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.

Work With Accomplished Teachers and Mentors

Many faculty are frequently published in peer-reviewed journals, and students often use free digital texts produced by faculty and co-authors in their courses. Also, a capstone project paper involves each student being mentored by faculty to analyze and make recommendations to an organization local to them—regardless of location. Faculty have mentored students locally and across the nation, as well as in Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Turkey, the European Union, Africa and Asia.

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  • 100% online
  • Interdisciplinary, NASPAA-accredited program based in the MPA program
  • Ideal for working students, military soldiers, full-time employees seeking a career change or enhancement
  • Curriculum uniquely centered on aspects of public administration and economic development, with attention to current public policy issues such as border security, housing, health, emergency management and public safety
  • Highly affordable and flexible program
  • Tuition: $420/credit hour (in-state students) or $540/credit hour (out-of-state students)

Bachelor’s degree is required to apply.

#1 University in El Paso

Best college, best value college and best professors (Niche).

Best University for Career Outcomes in El Paso

Highest average earnings and job placement rates (U.S. Department of Education).

100% Online

The flexible, fully online learning environment helps you advance your education while maintaining your current commitments.

Top 4.5% of Universities in the Country

Out of 2,800+ four-year universities, UTEP is one of 131 in the highest classification for research (R1 for top tier doctoral university with very high research activity).

Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI)

With a student body that is 83% Hispanic, UTEP stands out as an HSI — one of 569 in the country. Plus, it’s one of only 19 HSIs designated as an R1 top tier research university.

Low Out-of-Pocket Costs

Out of all U.S. doctoral research institutions, UTEP boasts one of the lowest out-of-pocket costs. More than $221 million is awarded in financial aid each year.

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